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Wash drawing - Tomb of Absalom

Tomb of Absalom

  • Object:

    Wash drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Israel (drawn)

  • Date:

    1837 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Schranz, Antonio Jr, born 1801 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brown wash over pencil, on paper, stuck down on mount

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 87, shelf SC, box 35

Physical description

Brown wash drawing

Place of Origin

Israel (drawn)


1837 (drawn)


Schranz, Antonio Jr, born 1801 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Brown wash over pencil, on paper, stuck down on mount

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed and dated on the back No.186[?] Tomb of Absalom & village of Siloam[?] July 1837 and 114; inscribed on the mount in another hand with title and date July 1837.

J WHATMAN 1836[?]
paper watermarked

J WHATMA[N] 1842
mount watermarked


Height: 26 cm, Width: 36.9 cm

Historical context note

SD.932-SD.946 are all dated between December 1836 and September 1837. Most are mounted on cards bearing inscriptions in the same hand. They probably result from a journey made by the artist with an unknown patron. Customs records (Palace Archives, Valletta) reveal that he left Malta for Turkey in April 1836 and returned in December 1839. See D. Cutajar, `The Lure of the Orient The Schranzes, the Brockdorffs, Preziosi and other artists', Hyphen A journal of Melitensia and the Humanities, No.3, Vol.V, 1987.
Drawings from the same trip are in the Benaki Museum, Athens and in a private collection in Malta: see Cathedral Museum, Mdina, Malta, The Schranz Artists Landscape and Marine Painters in the Mediterranean (Active, XIX Century), 1987, pp.43, 59-63.

Descriptive line

Drawing, `Tomb of Absalom', 1837, by Antonio (Anton Jr. or Antoine) Schranz.


Brown wash; Pencil


Wash technique

Subjects depicted



Drawings; Tourism & Travel


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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